• Awards

    Hamline University has a number of awards being granted to students, faculty and staff.  This website provides detail about the non-academic awards, and allows the Hamline Community Members to nominate a person of their choice. 

    Wesley Awards for Students, Faculty, and Staff
    Staff and Faculty Awards

    Student Awards

    Hamline has several recognition events, such as Honors Day, MISA Awards Program, and other department recognition events where students are recognized. The following non-academic awards are presented at Honors Day and at various department recognition programs. Students are encouraged to self-nominate.  Some of the awards listed below award a monetary prize or scholarship.  For academic award information please visit the Academic Dean's website. 

    Please select one of the following student awards:

    * Alison M. Durfey Scholarship
    * Anna Arnold Hedgeman Scholarship
    * Claribelle B. Olson Award
    * Earl E. Craven Prize in Journalism
    * Hamline International Spirit Award
    * Merv Meyer / Jeff Nash Scholarship
    * Outstanding Advocate for Change Award
    * Outstanding Student Employee
    * Outstanding Student Leader
    * Outstanding Student Organization
    * Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
    * Pat Paterson Endowed Prize in Leadership
    * Racial Justice Award
    * Samuel Louis Parish Award
    * Unsung Hero / Heroine
    * William Peterson Prize in Journalism

    Alison M. Durfey Scholarship

    Was established in 1999 with an initial gift by Judith Durfey, who is the mother of the late Alison M. Durfey '91 who with her friend Christopher Alexander '91 was killed by a drunken driver the summer after graduation.

    The Fund recognizes a student in the College who has been involved in community service. Preference shall be given to the student who best exemplifies Alison Durfey's interests in alleviating hunger and homelessness.

    Nominate a Student for the Alison M. Durfey Scholarship here!

    Anna Arnold Hedgeman Scholarship

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    The Anna Arnold Hedgeman Scholarship was established by members of the 2004-05 Wesley Scholars to promote diversity among the student body. The purpose of this Scholarship is to provide scholarships to one or more student leaders of color who demonstrate proven ability to enact meaningful change in and outside of the Hamline community. The student must be in good academic standing, with commitment to service and potential for a lifetime of leadership with a demonstrated financial aid. Students who have received this scholarship in the past are not eligible to receive it again.

    Nominate a Student for Anna Arnold Hedgeman Scholarship

    Claribelle B. Olson Award

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    Was established by the family of Claribelle B. Olson, Class of 1925, secretary to the president of the University from 1927-1934 and registrar from 1934-1959. The Claribelle B. Olson Award is given to a sophomore woman who embodies the qualities of leadership, service, and scholarship. Nominate a Student for Claribelle B. Olson Award

    Earl E. Craven Prize in Journalism

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    Was established by alumni and friends of journalist Earl E. Craven, Class of 1913, to benefit students who are staff members of campus publications and who during the year have contributed the most toward raising the standards of campus journalism. Nominate a Student for Earl E. Craven Prize in Journalism


    Hamline International Spirit Award

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    Given annually to a College of Liberal Arts student who has promoted awareness of the importance of internationalism and intercultural diversity in our university and global communities.

    Criteria for Nominees:

    * Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate in a degree seeking program;
    * Is in good academic standing;
    * Sophomore, Junior or Senior class status;
    * Active in campus activities, programs or study abroad promoting internationalism and cultural diversity;
    * Committed to education of self and others on issues common to international students and/or international communities;
    * Seen as a leader, activist and ally to other international students on matters related to internationalism and intercultural diversity. Nominate a Student for International Spirit Award


    Merv Meyer / Jeff Nash Scholarship

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    This scholarship was established by Dwight P. Joyner CLA '86 in honor of Professor Merv Meyer and his partner Jeff Nash. Awarded to a College of Liberal Arts junior or senior student with financial need who is self-proclaimed gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender student, and is actively involved in community service. Nominate a Student for Merv Meyer / Jeff Nash Scholarship


    Outstanding Advocate for Change Award

    Organizer = Activator = Initiator = Enthusiast = Inspirer = Motivator

    Hamline student advocates are inspired and motivated to promote change in this community and the world through activities and ideas. By continually advocating ideas and methods for change around us, they contribute greatly to our community and inspire others to become active members in the process of bettering society. They devote time, energy, and passion to causes and initiate and continue important change.

    This special type of dedication to advocacy is being recognized through an award for the Outstanding Advocate for Change!

    Criteria for Nominees:

    * Take steps to inform others of situations that they believe are unjust or unfair and which require action to better people’s lives, the particular situation, or the world;
    * Display a firm dedication to ideals and goals for change;
    * Be an active leader who facilitated change, encouraging others to join her or him;
    * Understand the need to complement service by initiating systemic change;
    * Work well with multiple communities and other students in order to reach goals;
    * Be an excellent student leader who involves the Hamline community with other communities in the effort to improve our society;
    * Mentor other students!
    * Create results through activism of any sort and promote awareness of the issue and its solutions.

    Nominate a Student for Outstanding Advocate for Change Award here!

    Outstanding Student Employee

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    This award is presented annually to four outstanding student employees who meet the following criteria:

    * Is in good academic standing;
    * Is a dedicated member of the Hamline community;
    * Goes above and beyond the job expectations;
    * Models outstanding work habits;
    * Is a creative problem solver;
    * Acts as a role model for others;
    * Demonstrates increased development and responsibility in position.

    Nominate a Student for Outstanding Student Employee


    Outstanding Student Leader

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    This award is presented annually to four College of Liberal Arts student leaders who exemplify campus leadership and meet the following criteria:

    * Maintains an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher;
    * Demonstrates outstanding service to the Hamline University community;
    * Excels in curricular and co-curricular leadership;
    * Acts as a superior role model;
    * Motivates and inspires groups through their actions and positive attitude;
    * Strives to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones;
    * Goes above and beyond expectations to produce results;
    * Works effectively with a variety of people. Nominate a Student for Outstanding Student Leader

    Outstanding Student Organization

    Nominations Deadline Extended: TBD

    This award is presented annually to the student organization that meets the following criteria:

    * Demonstrates the ability to work together as a team and accomplish tasks;
    * Is committed to diversity and/or community initiatives;
    * Goes beyond the traditional means of achieving its goals;
    * Is committed to benefiting students;
    * Plans for the transition of organization leaders to assure continued growth;
    * Works cooperatively with campus and/or community organizations;
    * Develops and implements outstanding activities, programs, and/or initiatives that benefit the Hamline community.

    Nominate a Student for Outstanding Student Organization

    Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

    Many Hamline students spend time giving to others. We at the Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism (OSLV) would like to applaud these people. Do you know anyone who continually acts for the betterment of the greater community? Someone who is continually dedicated to the service of others? Now is your chance to recognize them!

    Criteria for Nominees:

    * Demonstrate outstanding leadership ability volunteering in the greater community;
    * Show commitment to diversity and/or community initiatives; Work cooperatively with other community programs and organizations;
    * Balance academic and co-curricular leadership;
    * Motivate and inspire others to be passionate about service;
    * Go above and beyond the call of duty to create results;
    * Recognize community assets and needs in contrast to individualism;
    * Continually work for the betterment of the greater community.

    Nominate a Student for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award here!

    Pat Paterson Endowed Prize in Leadership

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    Is awarded to a female senior demonstrating outstanding leadership ability, without considering financial need. Nominate a Student for Pat Paterson Endowed Prize in Leadership

    Racial Justice Award

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    The Racial Justice Award is given to the student whose leadership and involvement in campus activities, programs and organizations has enhanced understanding, respect and appreciation among members of different races and strengthened race relations on campus.

    Criteria for Nominees:

    * Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate in a degree seeking program;
    * Good academic standing;
    * Achieved Sophomore, Junior or Senior class status;
    * Active involvement in campus activities, programs and organizations that promote racial justice;
    * Committed to education of self and others on issues of race;
    * Takes proactive stances to motivate and empower others, build coalitions and address issues of race, racism and racial justice;
    * Seen as a leader, activist and ally for racial justice for other students.

     Nominate a Student for Racial Justice Award

    Samuel Louis Parish Award

    Was established by Irene Parish (Mrs. William) Scarborough, Class of 1931, in memory of her father Rev. Dr. Samuel Parish, Class of 1906. Dr. Parish was a United Methodist minister in Minnesota, a Hamline trustee, and received an M.A. and honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Hamline. It is awarded to the student who has contributed most effectively during the year in the area of religious leadership on campus.

    Nominate a Student for Samuel Louis Parish Award here!

    Unsung Hero / Heroine

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    This award is presented to one student who embodies the following:

    * Works behind the scenes to support others with an understated leadership style;
    * Is committed to the Hamline community;
    * Is a motivator and has a positive effect on the lives of others;
    * Goes above and beyond expectations;
    * Puts others’ interests above their own;
    * Is admired and respected by peers;
    * Is a positive role model and an inspiration to other.

    Nominate a Student for Unsung Hero / Heroine

    William Peterson Prize in Journalism

    Nominations Deadline: TBD

    Was established in memory of William R. Peterson '65, who was the Midwest Bureau Chief of the Washington Post before his death in 1990.
    It is awarded to a member of the Oracle staff who exemplifies graceful writing and high journalistic standards.

    Nominate a Student for William Peterson Prize in Journalism